Japan’s next leader has a chance to reshape the country’s North Korea policy
Tokyo has long insisted on resolving the abduction issue first, but the public increasingly prioritizes denuclearization
Earlier this month, after a collapse in his poll ratings, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced he would stand down as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Given the LDP’s majority in parliament, the winner of the party leadership vote on Sept. 29 will replace Suga as prime minister, and he or she will almost certainly go on to win late November’s general election thanks to a divided and distrusted opposition.
These elections will not immediately create any dramatic change in Tokyo’s stance on North Korea, which has long been inhibited
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